Light oyster leather enquiry

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snerkler
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Light oyster leather enquiry

Post by snerkler » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:27 am

I’m sure this has been asked a million times before but I couldn’t find a thread on it, I’ve seen a First Edition Velar that I’m interested in however the light oyster leather looks a bit ‘grubby’, is there a way to clean it back up or once the dirt is ingrained is it like this for good? If it can be brought back to ‘as good as new (or there abouts)’ what’s the best way to do this, and can I expect a dealership to do this as part of their approved used prep?

SpokenHands
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Re: Light oyster leather enquiry

Post by SpokenHands » Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:23 pm

I have a FE with the light oyster leather and it has fared surprisingly well - does not look grubby at all.
In fact, for an open pore nappa leather, this does a great deal better than the similar nappa leather options on a BMW or Audi.

The staining, if any, is actually quite easy to deal with.
Usually from dark jeans or if you have children, food and chocolate (make sure they don't go into the ventilated pores in the seats!)
The driver's side and front passenger side gets the most use naturally so a periodic clean with (in my case). Autoglym leather cleaner and wipe down with warm water does the trick.
The oyster leather on the steering wheel as well can be prone to light staining from sweat and oils from the hand.
Once every 6 months I use a leather conditioner (came with the car new) or you can the Autoglym conditioner to nourish the leather and keep it supple.

What is inevitable are creases (not folds or loose leather) especially on the driver side door bolster on the right side as you get in and out every day.
This is where the periodic cleaning and nourishing of the leather really helps so it keeps the leather supple and naturally flexible.

The final thing is making sure the contrast stitching on the seats and extended leather is kept clean.
You must not clean this vigorously as it may fray the thread.
Less is more so a light soapy solution applied with a microfibre cloth and wiped away lightly usually does the trick

Hope this helps
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snerkler
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Re: Light oyster leather enquiry

Post by snerkler » Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:27 pm

SpokenHands wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:23 pm
I have a FE with the light oyster leather and it has fared surprisingly well - does not look grubby at all.
In fact, for an open pore nappa leather, this does a great deal better than the similar nappa leather options on a BMW or Audi.

The staining, if any, is actually quite easy to deal with.
Usually from dark jeans or if you have children, food and chocolate (make sure they don't go into the ventilated pores in the seats!)
The driver's side and front passenger side gets the most use naturally so a periodic clean with (in my case). Autoglym leather cleaner and wipe down with warm water does the trick.
The oyster leather on the steering wheel as well can be prone to light staining from sweat and oils from the hand.
Once every 6 months I use a leather conditioner (came with the car new) or you can the Autoglym conditioner to nourish the leather and keep it supple.

What is inevitable are creases (not folds or loose leather) especially on the driver side door bolster on the right side as you get in and out every day.
This is where the periodic cleaning and nourishing of the leather really helps so it keeps the leather supple and naturally flexible.

The final thing is making sure the contrast stitching on the seats and extended leather is kept clean.
You must not clean this vigorously as it may fray the thread.
Less is more so a light soapy solution applied with a microfibre cloth and wiped away lightly usually does the trick

Hope this helps
Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. That's great for maintaining but once it's got grubby can you 'restore' it?

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Re: Light oyster leather enquiry

Post by SpokenHands » Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:07 pm

Depends on what the grubbiness is specifically.

A good detailer should be able to get most of it off. I would avoid steam cleaning it.
After it is done dont forget to get the leather conditioner on so it nourishes the leather and keeps it supple.
The leather on the FE is nappa leather so very small grain, untreated not like the regular leather on the S/SE trims

If the grubbiness is a small tear or serious creases, you may need to go to a trimmer.
There are specialist who fix that sort of thing.

Dont go DIY
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snerkler
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Re: Light oyster leather enquiry

Post by snerkler » Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:51 pm

SpokenHands wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:07 pm
Depends on what the grubbiness is specifically.

A good detailer should be able to get most of it off. I would avoid steam cleaning it.
After it is done dont forget to get the leather conditioner on so it nourishes the leather and keeps it supple.
The leather on the FE is nappa leather so very small grain, untreated not like the regular leather on the S/SE trims

If the grubbiness is a small tear or serious creases, you may need to go to a trimmer.
There are specialist who fix that sort of thing.

Dont go DIY
Thanks for your reply. I actually test drove the Velar in question yesterday and am passing on it, overall condition wasn't great so I'm going to keep on looking.

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